Zinc FAQs

Zinc FAQs

Author -  Vicki Martin, Nutritionist and Naturopath

Read about the zinc!

Q. Why is Zinc so important? 

A. Zinc is an essential mineral that helps your body to produce many enzymes and hormones, including:

  • digestive enzymes
  • blood sugar balancing hormones
  • adrenal hormones 
  • thyroid hormones

Without healthy levels of these hormones, you can experience a variety of health conditions, including poor digestion and appetite, low energy levels, and poor fertility.

Q. Why might my diet not provide enough Zinc?


If you eat a lot of highly processed, refined foods, you may not be getting enough Zinc. This is because white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour and sugar all lack this vitamin mineral. If you eat them regularly, along with a low protein diet, you may start to notice symptoms of zinc deficiency. Alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes can also reduce your Zinc levels.

Q. How does Zinc help my immune system?


Zinc is a powerful antioxidant that can

  • assist with wound and injury healing
  • help with infective conditions such as boils and ulcers
  • protect your respiratory system, especially of you have a throat or tonsil infection.

Q. How can Zinc support blood sugar balance?


Zinc is an essential part of the hormone insulin, which you need for healthy blood sugar level balance. If this mineral is in short supply for a length of time, your insulin levels can drop and cause high blood sugar levels. Increasing your Zinc levels may help to reduce these high blood sugar levels.